Posts Tagged ‘ Kris Moon ’

A Shisan | A Hundred Gourds Journal

A Cat’s Footprints

spring mud—
a cat’s footprints
on the hood
shadow of a crocus
on the doorstep
butter melts
in the cast iron pan,
hotcakes sizzle
she also brings coffee
with cream and sugar
with a whisper
tan lines disappear
in the grass
a contrail fades to blue
over a nameless ocean
the full moon
in the sake overflow
on the table
coyote cries echo
from Metacomet’s mountain
children giggle
through the ghost story’s
twists and turns
counting the winnings
forgetting his age
the Jizo’s smiles
seem to grow under
their snowy straw hats
a salt sea breeze
at the kitchen window

A Shisan renku composed on Skype, March 19, 2014

Donna Fleischer, USA
Dennis Chibi Holmes, USA
Taro Kunugi, Japan
Kris Moon, sabaki, Japan
William Sorlien, USA


Earlier this year Taro Kunugi, the leader of the Renku Cafe “Under the Cherry Blossoms” group on Facebook, asked me to lead a shisan with William, Chibi and Donna.

Since I prefer to do renku in person, in real time, we asked Chibi to help us with a Skype session. We all submitted a hokku, but, as sabaki, I wanted to honor Taro, so offered a haiku he had written recently. We all agreed that it would be fun to follow. Our energy was high as everyone was trying to submit a verse for each line. We were in sync as a group and it was delightful to write together. We hope to be creating renku together often.

Metacomet: (ca. 1639 – August 12, 1676), also known as King Philip or Metacom, or occasionally Pometacom, was a war chief or sachem of the Wampanoag Indians in the New England region of the USA.

A Hundred Gourds Journal: haiku, tanka, haibun, haiga, renku.

Autumn Approaches / Joy o’ Kanji

Autumn Approaches | Joy o’ Kanji.

the sky
and nothing
but morning glories

Donna Fleischer
Hummingbird xiv : 3 March 2004

Karakuwa !, by Kris Moon

Karakuwa !
through a poem, alive
can i keep you ?

Kris Moon
March 12, 2011